Getting pimples may be painful or ugly. It is a usual tendency for most of the people to pop it or squeeze it. The aim is to get rid of it as quickly as possible.
But is popping a pimple a good idea! Medically speaking, it is not.
The rule remain constant for all conditions. Never pop or squeeze your pimple with your hands.
Why not Pop Your Pimple?
Popping the pimple further complicates this lesion and may bring you trouble.
Pimple may Get Infected
When we pop or squeeze the pimple with our hands, applying pressure over it through our nails, we impart several bacteria lying over our skin surface into the pimple. Hence, the pimple gets infected.
It may now produce more pus and becomes painful due to the pressure of pus lying inside it. There is a risk that the infected pus travels inside into the deeper layers of the skin. This may give rise to cellulitis.
Pimple may Leave a Scar
If you don’t fiddle much with your pimple, it is likely to go away without leaving a scar. However, pimples which are fiddled with are the usual ones that leave scars behind them. These scars are very difficult to go.
You may Get More Pimples
When a pimple pops on the surface, there are good chances that the infected material coming out of it touches and infects the near by area. If there are other pimples or any rash or bump there, it may also get infected and start producing pus.
What to Do When You Get a Pimple
Pimples are treated differently. It is first assessed whether the pimple is infected or not.
Simple pimples that are not infected may be left as such. Just keep the area clean by daily washing with a gentle cleanser. Then moisturize the skin surface.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eating healthy would help. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Avoid fried and fatty food stuff.
- Restrict your intake of tea and coffee. These beverages are dehydrating for the skin and may predispose to pimple formation.
A red one or the one that is painful is likely to be infected. Apart from this, the ones that show pus on their surface are frankly infected.
Infected pimples need antibiotic treatment. Oral medication is usually not required. Applying a topical antibiotic, like mupirocin (bactroban) or neosporin, is all you need.
Also, keep the pimple and surrounding area clean and well moisturized.